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Red Wings Friday practice post: DeKeyser out, Marchenko in, Helm and Franzen didn’t skate

Updated 5x at 4:11 PM: The Detroit Red Wings will embark upon their final "West Coast" swing of the season after today's practice, and tomorrow night's game against Dallas (8 PM EST, FSD, and yes, the start conflicts with HBO's final 24/7 episode's 10 PM start) kicks off almost two weeks' worth of games away from the Joe--with the WIngs' four-day break between the Dallas game and next Thursday's affair against San Jose (and then Los Angeles, Anaheim and...the Rangers?) extending the trip's length considerably.

With the Winter Classic having dropped the Wings behind the Leafs in the Atlantic Division standings, the team wants to straighten its still-listing ship, and as Paul noted and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose Tweeted, the Wings will have to kick off their five-game trip shorthanded:

The #RedWings have called up defenseman Alexey Marchenko. He will become the fifth rookie to make his NHL debut with Detroit this season.


In 33 AHL games, Alexey Marchenko has two goals, 16 points and plus-15 rating. He was CSKA Moscow teammate of @Datsyuk13 during NHL lockout.

MLive's Ansar Khan Tweeted the following during the Wings' practice...

Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser is out with a lower-body injury. It's a day-to-day, believed to be a groin.


Wings on ice for practice. Eaves is skating wearing shield for jaw. Marchenko is skating, wearing No. 47


Helm (groin) and Franzen (concussion) not practicing.


Datsyuk not skating today. Ken Holland said he isn't aware of any injury. Will find out from Babcock after practice.


Holland said Datsyuk is playing tomorrow.


Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Abdelkader-Samuelsson (holding Datsyuk's spot)-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Tatar (more)


Lines continued: Cleary-Glendening-Eaves. The way he's skating it looks like Eaves is playing tomorrow.


Marchenko is paired with Quincey, also Kronwall-Smith, Lashoff-Kindl

The Free Press's George Sipple attended practice...

Marchenko practicing, wearing No.47


Danny DeKeyser day-to-day with lower body injury.


Marchenko http://pic.twitter.com/5AyPZBqExO

As did the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

No Datsyuk here today but it might be a personal day. ..eaves skating today

And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

Marchenko is here at City Arena and will practice with team. DeKeyser is out with a groin injury.


Helm not on ice at City Arena for practice. #redwings


Franzen not practicing either.


Marchenko at his first practice with Wings. http://pic.twitter.com/D5Qlp3DiQv


Datsyuk not at practice. Per GM Ken Holland he'll be playing in Dallas on Saturday.


Eaves appears as if he's going to play Saturday in Dallas. Samuelsson holding Datsyuk's spot on line with Bertuzzi and Abdelkader.


Marchenko looks like he'll be paired with Quincey on blue line. Kronwall and Smith. Lashoff and Kindl are other pairs.


Eaves on the point on second PP unit with Kindl.

Who posted a video of Marchenko on the ice:

Khan confirmed Marchenko's recall in text form...

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound right-handed shooting Marchenko has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 33 games and is tied for the Griffins’ team lead with a plus-15 rating in his first AHL season.

The Red Wings selected Marchenko, 22, was their final pick in the 2011 entry draft (205th overall in the seventh round), after he was passed over in the 2010 draft.

A strong skater and good puck-mover, Marchenko played four seasons with CSKA Moscow in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

DeKeyser missed 15 games from Nov. 21 to Dec. 19 with a separated shoulder. He has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and a plus-1 rating in 27 games.

With Jonathan Ericsson out due to a broken ribs, the Red Wings are missing two of their top three defensemen.

And here's the Wings' official release:

… Seventh-Round Pick from 2011 Has 16 Points with Griffins This Season …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Alexey Marchenko from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Originally drafted by Detroit in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Marchenko has skated in 33 games with the Griffins this season, recording 16 points (2-14-16), six penalty minutes and a team-best plus-15 rating. The Moscow, Russia, native is in his first season in North America after spending parts of the last four seasons in the KHL. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound defenseman registered nine points (4-5-9) in 44 games with CSKA Moscow last season. In 82 career KHL games from 2009-13, he tallied 11 points (4-7-11) and 12 penalty minutes. The 22-year-old defenseman also racked up 78 points (18-60-78) for CSKA Moscow at Russia’s junior level, capturing a league championship in 2010-11.

As Paul also noted, Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom have also bee nominated to the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame....

And in the prospect department, goal-scorer Anthony Mantha, Canadian back-up Jake Paterson and the rest of Team Canada will battle Finland in the semifinals of the World Junior Championship tomorrow at 1 PM (on TSN). The Toronto Sun's Terry Koshan reported that Mantha was on Canada's first line at Friday's practice...

Canada lines at practice: Leier-Drouin-Mantha; McDavid-Petan-Lazar; Laughton-Horvat-S. Reinhart; Rychel-Gauthier-Anderson

And you may take this from TSN's Mark Masters for what you will:

Sutter on talking with Mantha about being complete player: "Probably can't count on two hands how many times I've sat down with him here"

I'm just getting back on the horse after Wednesday's car accident, so pardon my tardiness!

Update #0.5: From Pleiness:

Eaves said he suffered a dislocated jaw. No concussion like symptoms at all. Says he's ready to play Saturday.

Update #0.75: Don't forget that tonight is "Anger Management Night" in Toledo:

Head Coach Nick Vitucci has done a lot to manage his anger since his 2011 meltdown (watch the video). See Nick's transformation for yourself and score a commemorative bobblehead on Anger Management Night - presented by ProMedica - Friday, January 3.

In addition to the Nick Vitucci bobblehead giveaway, there will be many other fun elements taking place on Anger Management Night. Bring your appetite and try out special food and beverage items  - like Rage’n Cajun Chicken and Hot-Tempered Chocolate - available just for the occassion. ProMedica will be offering free Blood Pressure screens on the main concourse. There will be lots of special video clips played throughout the game, educating fans about anger management.

Call 419-725-9255 for tickets to the Friday, January 3 game or order online. Doors open at 6 p.m.; puck drops at 7:15 p.m. Nick Vitucci bobbleheads will be given out to the first 2,000 fans.

Update #0.8: From Pleiness:

Babcock says Datsyuk was given a maintenance day.

Updage #1: From Khan...

Eaves said he's good to go tomorrow in Dallas. Said he was hit flush in jaw by Lupul but no real damage and no concussion concerns.


DeKeyser not concerned about groin injury. Said he might skate tomorrow morning. Called it day to day.


Babcock said Datsyuk had maintenance day and will play tomorrow

And Sipple...

Patrick Eaves (jaw) said he's feeling better, should play Saturday.


Danny DeKeyser confirms he has sore groin. Started feeling it in 2P.

Pleiness posted a video of Eaves speaking with the media:

Update #1.5: Via RedWingsFeed, WDIV's Dave Bartkowiak set up the Wings' road trip superbly:

The Detroit Red Wings begin a 5-game road trip Saturday night in Dallas where they will meet a tough Stars team.

The Red Wings (18-14-10) have been good on the road all season (12-4-3) and hope that trend continues as they visit the Stars, the San Jose Sharks, the Los Angeles Kings, the Anaheim Ducks and the New York Rangers before returning to Detroit on Jan. 18 to host the Kings.

About the Red Wings (18-14-10, 46 points): The Winter Classic didn't have the outcome Detroit would have wanted as the Toronto Maple Leafs prevailed in a shootout, 3-2. However, the Wings gained another important point to keep them in a playoff spot.

The team remains riddled with key injuries. Jonathan Ericsson, Stephen Weiss, Johan Franzen and Darren Helm all are out of the lineup. Goalie Jimmy Howard (6 wins, 2.72 GAA, .907 SV%, 2 SO) returned for the Winter Classic and he likely will get the start Saturday night with Petr Mrazek on the bench.

Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg have returned from their injuries to offer the team much-needed depth on offense.

Update #2: Here's MLive's Ansar Khan's practice report. Eaves is okay...

Eaves practiced Friday wearing a shield to protect his jaw. He is experiencing no concussion-like symptoms and is ready to play Saturday at Dallas (8 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

“Everything’s good to go now,” Eaves said. “It was pretty uncomfortable with my jaw being the way it was; my teeth weren’t lined up. I was pretty sore right away. But it’s back in the right spot and feels a lot better.”

And Datsyuk is okay, but DeKeyser isn't:

avel Datsyuk didn’t skate Friday due to what coach Mike Babcock said was a maintenance day. Babcock said Datsyuk should be ready to play Saturday.

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser didn’t skate Friday; he said he is day-to-day with a groin injury.

“I started feeling it during the game a little bit (Wednesday) and then just kind of played through it,” DeKeyser said.

Center Darren Helm (groin), forward Johan Franzen (concussion) and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (groin) did not practice Friday but will accompany the team on the four-game trip, which features a three-day stop in Phoenix between games in Dallas and San Jose.

Update #3: In ratings news, from the Globe and Mail's Simon Houpt:

On Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said 3.57-million viewers tuned in to the Toronto vs. Detroit game in Ann Arbor, Mich., which ended in a shootout win by the Maple Leafs. That is almost 90 per cent higher than the previous record of 1.91-million viewers, set during the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game in 2011, which aired in prime time after poor weather forced the postponement of the afternoon-scheduled game.

his year’s Winter Classic was the first to include a Canadian team since the annual event was created in 2008. There was no game last year, due to the NHL lockout.

The Canadian ratings topped the 3.4-million viewers who tuned in to CBC for the final game of last year’s Chicago vs. Boston Stanley Cup Finals.

And the U.S. broadcast was a blockbuster too - at least in American terms - with 4.4-million viewers tuning in, making it the second most-watched regular season NHL game since 1975. “Today is yet another milestone in the NHL Winter Classic’s short but illustrious history,” said Jon Miller, president, programming, NBC Sports, in a statement.

Update #4: As noted by MoreShoot, here's Ted Kulfan's practice report. He talked to Marchenko...

Marchenko, 22, was a 2011 seventh-round draft pick who has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 33 games in Grand Rapids this season. Marchenko (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) leads the Griffins with a plus-15 rating.

“For sure I’m excited,” said Marchenko, who speaks almost perfect English, having studied it since grade school back in Russia. “To be honest I didn’t expect it, but I’m glad to get a chance.”

European players usually have an adjustment period going from international ice to the smaller North American ice surface. It hasn’t affected Marchenko‘s actual style of play much.

“I can tell the game is more physical and quick,” said Marchenko, who has played professionally in Russian’s Kontinental Hockey League. “I have to be more quicker and made good decisions faster. It’s easier to come from the big rink to the small rink. The game is different, but during training camp I adjusted and once the regular season began, it didn’t take as much time (to adjust).”

Coach Mike Babcock paired Marchenko with Kyle Quincey at practice.

“I don’t know much about him, but he’s played in the KHL, he had a good training camp and every time I called (to Grand Rapids) they say he’s one of their best guys,” Babcock said. “If you do well down there, then you get to play up here.”

And here's another important note:

.Babcock wasn’t sure about the availability of Darren Helm (groin) or Jonas Gustavsson (groin).

Update #4: The Detroit Free Press's George Sipple focused on Eaves' status in his practice report:

“Everything’s good to go,” Eaves said after practice. “A little sore now. I’ll be ready for tomorrow.”

The Wings visit Dallas on Saturday, the first of a five consecutive games on the road. The fact that Eaves was able to talk was a good sign, considering what happened.

“Right in the jaw,” Eaves said of the check he absorbed from Lupul. “It was pretty uncomfortable with my jaw being the way it was; my teeth weren’t lined up. I was pretty sore right away. But it’s back in the right spot now and feels a lot better.”

Eaves missed more than a year with a concussion after fractured his jaw in Nov. 2011. He said Lupul got him on the same side of the jaw as the previous injury, but this time he had no concussion-like symptoms.

“My head was fine the whole time,” Eaves said. “I was clear and everything. It was just the jaw; I’ve been down that road before and was hoping I didn’t have to go down it again.”

Before the fine was announced, Eaves was asked if he wanted Lupul to be suspended.

“I don’t really care,” Eaves said. “That’s not up to me. That’s for the league to decide. It has no impact on our upcoming games. That’s all I’m worried about.”

Update #5: Here's DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose on Eaves:

“It was pretty uncomfortable with my jaw being the way it was, my teeth weren’t lined up,” said Eaves, who had the same jaw broken by a shot from Nashville’s Roman Josi on Nov. 26, 2011. “I was pretty sore right away. But it’s back in the right spot and feels a lot better.”

Eaves missed the rest of the 2011-12 season with post-concussion symptoms, and would have missed the beginning of the following season if not for the NHL lockout. His first game back was last Jan. 21 at Columbus.

Donning a protective shield attached to his helmet, Eaves practiced with the fourth line Friday afternoon at City Sports Arena before accompanying the team to Dallas where they begin a four-game road trip that will wind through San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

“I wanted to play more in the game because it was a huge game,” said Eaves of the Winter Classic. “(Lupul) made the decision to do what he did. Nothing I could do about it. I didn’t see it coming. I was just trying to get the puck out. It is what it is, it’s out of my hands. Now we just got to focus on our two points tomorrow.”

Lupul appeared to be upset went Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl knocked him to the ground as the two jostled for the puck along the boards in the Red Wings’ zone. As Eaves skated over to possess the puck, Lupul got back up and thrust his stick into the right side of Eaves’ head.

While most who witnessed the hit were concerned that Eaves might have suffered another concussion, he dismissed it.

“My head was fine the whole time,” Eaves said. “I was clear and everything. It was just the jaw. I’ve been down that road before and was hoping I didn’t have to go down it again.”

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This is getting annoying with Helm and DeKeyser.

Posted by George0211 on 01/03/14 at 02:35 PM ET

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Eaves said he suffered a dislocated jaw.

And he’s gonna try to play on Saturday?  Balls.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/03/14 at 02:42 PM ET


Yeah I wonder in a few years if Red Wings fans will be saying the same thing about these players that we do about Sammy or glass-man cooliacovu (can’t spell). “yeah.. great defenseman…  fast forward…. Just can’t stay healthy, always injured…” “Oh well, let’s trade them.”
I hope not, because I really like them, and in a few years, DD could be a top pairing defenseman and helm as we know is “the best 3rd line center in the nhl” - babs

Posted by Pasha1277 on 01/03/14 at 03:21 PM ET


Darren Helm is made of glass. It’s a little ridiculous that he’s this injury prone. At some point, you have to look at one’s preparation, eating habits, rest habits, everything. You shouldnt be injured this often. Jeez.

I’m genuinely nervous about this 6 game stretch. I could honestly see us go 0-6. If we struggle against the likes of NYI and Nashville, how are we going to fare against LA, SJ, St louis and Chicago? Gulp.

If we do really struggle, like win 2 of the next 6 or so, will that finally make Babcock juggle the lineup? Bring back Jurco and Sheahan and waive Cleary and Sammy. There’s a reason this team is 18-14-10, Mike.

Posted by ZandPasha11 on 01/03/14 at 03:23 PM ET

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from the DetNews:

DeKeyser said his groin began to bother him during Wednesday’s Winter Classic but doesn’t expect to miss more than Saturday’s game in Dallas.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140103/SPORTS0103/301030069#ixzz2pN0CnFBG

whatever that’s worth.

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/03/14 at 04:41 PM ET

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Thanks. Been waiting for Kulfan to write a practice post and it turns out he just updated his article with quotes. Will include it.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/03/14 at 04:52 PM ET


Quite the road trip. Wings could be out of a playoff spot by the time they get back.

Posted by manitobaredwingfan on 01/03/14 at 05:01 PM ET

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Quite the road trip. Wings could be out of a playoff spot by the time they get back.

I thought they were technically out now (needing to play themselves back in).


Posted by MoreShoot on 01/03/14 at 05:23 PM ET


Re: MoreShoot

No, they’re in 8th. The most disconcerting part about that is they’ve had a really soft schedule so far and that’s about to change. The best site I found for tracking the complicated standings is SI’s:


Posted by manitobaredwingfan on 01/03/14 at 05:30 PM ET

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My attitude facing the upcoming west coast trip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=potlDrRI01A

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/03/14 at 05:36 PM ET

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Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Alfredsson, Abdelkader-Samuelsson (holding Datsyuk’s spot)-Bertuzzi, Miller-Andersson-Tatar (more)

Sammy’s hit a new low. First he’s relegated to being a “placeholder” for Pavel, and now…

Lines continued: Cleary-Glendening-Eaves. The way he’s skating it looks like Eaves is playing tomorrow.

...he can’t even beat out a guy recovering from a dislocated jaw.

But, hey, maybe Sammy goes out and warms up Babs’ car after games. It’s the only reason I can think of for him not to have been waived by now.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/03/14 at 08:21 PM ET

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I dont remember Helm getting injured much when he was here in Grand Rapids

Posted by Rdwings28 on 01/04/14 at 08:35 AM ET

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Red Wings giving up on drafting or trading for Russians has been a mistake imo. I know the KHL factor now but the team should still scout over there and tell kids hey you want to play for same team Fedorov, Vlad, Igor and Fetisov won SCs with. I would think the selling point would influence quite a few top prospects.
Marchenko would of been a 1 st round draft pick if he wasn’t so injury riddled as a kid.
This defenseman I believe is the only good prospect Russian we have in our system which can’t make Pav to happy.
It’ll be interesting to see how Stevie Y’s Russian prospects pan out: Vasilevskiy (draft pick for Quincey essentially) Kucherov and Namestnikov. One home run out of three would be worth the trouble I would think. They either pan out, leave for KHL or out of hockey anyway like north american player options.


Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 01/04/14 at 11:48 AM ET

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